Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!

Parish in Transition

In the absence of a parish priest, please contact:

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding and Pastoral Visitors Team:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Parish Giving Scheme and Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Steve Liddicoat

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Matt Frost

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


The parish email address for all emails is:


They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Parish Phone 07557 302 255



~   October events in the Parish   ~  


Transition Update

The Transition – and where we are in the appointment process…..

The team appointed by St Germans Group PCC to oversee the selection of the next parish priest met with Rev Lynn Parker from the Benefice of Torpoint with Sheviock and Antony on August 10th. Rev Chris Painter our Rural Dean also attended the meeting.

It is important to understand that this meeting was clearly defined from the outset as a ‘conversation’ with Rev Lynn, exploring our needs, hopes and vision for the future of the parish and getting her reaction and input. It was not a job interview, rather part of a larger process, as below.

The meeting with Rev Lynn was fruitful and pleasing all round. Her enthusiasm was most welcome and responses on both sides were positive. Rev Lynn was very well prepared for the meeting and had obviously put time into finding out as much about us as she could. We do not have any formal reaction from Rev Lynn following the meeting.

That conversation was, however, only a part of the much larger process that is the Pastoral Re-organisation plan and it’s important that we now put this conversation with Rev Lynn in context.

The Parish Warden, Paul Gribble, spoke with Rev Audrey, Archdeacon following our conversation with Rev Lynn. She explained that there are a series of dates and milestones ahead marking out each stage of the re-organisation process.

  • The first of these is September 3rd. All parties – the various PCCs, the Patrons – must first respond. It may be that an extension of that date is requested. We have already positively responded. Following receipt the responses will obviously need to be considered. If there are difficulties then further discussions and negotiation will be required.
  • Assuming this milestone is successfully passed, the next stage is public advertising of the re-organisation of the plan – notices everywhere – and anyone in the public arena can make a response. We don’t know what date that then takes us to, but our guess is the end of the year.

We didn’t discuss past that point, except to note that although this appears to be a bigger process than perhaps anticipated, assuming all goes well, it will still be a lot quicker than the standard appointment process, and we should be encouraged by this. At the end of the process recommendations will be made to the Bishop.

In summary! 

The St Germans Group Parish has completed our part of the wider re-organisation process as far as possible.

We can say that we had a fruitful and positive meeting with Rev Lynn, but that meeting is part of the larger re-organisation process and we now have to wait for the outcome of those other processes before anything else will happen.

We ask for your prayers ……………….



Parish Lunches

The parish lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 


Next Coffee Morning , and Soup and Pud Lunch

 Saturday 17th November from 10.30am to 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch and to browse the local group and charity stalls.



Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (in mid October 2018) there are the following shortages:


PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is becoming a continuing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.





St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Evelyn Reed
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Malcolm Cross
  • Chris Bowditch,
  • Chris Cook
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford Parish services


1st October  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

2nd October  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

4th October  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

7th October 19th Sunday after Trinity

(9.30am PCC meeting.  St Nicolas Church, Downderry)

11am Parish Eucharist  St Nicolas Church, Downderry

5pm Evening Prayer  St Luke’s Church, Tideford

8th October  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

9th October Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

11th October  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

14th October 20th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am Morning Prayer St Anne’s Church, Hessenford

11am Parish Praise St Germans Priory Church

15th October  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

16th October  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

18th October  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford

21st October 21st Sunday after Trinity 

9.30am Eucharist St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Eucharist  St Germans Priory Church

22nd October  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

23rd October  Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church

25th October  Thursday  

9.30am Prayer Service  St Annes Church, Hessenford


28th October  Last Sunday after Trinity 

9.30am Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church, Downderry

11am Morning Prayer  St Germans Priory Church

29th October  Monday

6pm  Prayer Service. St Nicolas Church, Downderry

30th October Tuesday

9.30am Prayer Service  St Germans Priory Church


East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2018

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar (position vacant)

LayChair –  Richard Laugharne

Secretary – Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Matt Frost
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods